Learning Sciences conference makes headlines

12 July 2012

The International Conference of the Learning Sciences, held on campus this month, saw world leaders in the science of learning converge in Sydney for a week-long exploration of cutting-edge research shaping the future classroom.

Conference Chair and faculty Professor, Michael Jacobson, was interviewed on the future of learning for ABC Radio Newcastle this week. Digital tabletops made headlines when conference keynote (and Sydney IT Professor) Judy Kay was featured with PhD student Roberto Martinez in an article for the Sydney Morning Herald.

International Keynote Manu Kapur, of Singapore's National Institute of Education, attracted media attention for his work on "productive failure" which featured in The Australian.

The Sciences of Learning at Sydney
Kapur, Kay and Jacobson are all members of the University of Sydney Research Network on the Sciences and Technologies of Learning (STL). STL is a cross-faculty interdisciplinary initiative lead by Education Professor and Laureate Fellow, Peter Goodyear. Goodyear notes "there's a real mood of change in the field - ideas and methods are shifting up a gear. This 10th ICLS conference may turn out to mark the learning sciences coming of age."

STL is a unique collaboration between Sydney researchers (from fields as diverse as education, IT, engineering, sociology and architecture) and leading international researchers from the United States, Europe and Asia. The team includes leaders of American Science of Learning Centres, such as Roy Pea of Stanford and Marcia Linn of Berkeley. The Sydney STL team met with these international collaborators in Sydney last week following ICLS.

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